Tuesday, 10 March 2015 by Jo Purcell
Thin Lizzy wasn’t back in town, but last week the merry band of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux descended on Hong Kong for the last leg of their Asia tour to promote their 2012 vintage.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 by Jo Purcell
With its reputation as the wine hub of Asia, Hong Kong's wine calendar is filled with a vast array of dinners and tastings.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 by Jo Purcell
Coming up with a new tasting theme is always something of a challenge
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 by Jo Purcell
If someone asks you what you do for a living, and you reply that you work in the wine trade, their instant reaction is pretty much unanimous...
Friday, 11 November 2011 by Jo Purcell
What a couple of weeks it has been in Hong Kong! With Christmas racing towards us, November is a busy month anyway, but in Hong Kong it’s Wine and Dine Month. We have Burgundy week, West Kowloon Wine Festival, The Hong Kong Wine Fair and “Wine Futures”. The city has been flooded with winemakers, château and domaine owners and their representatives, as well as critics. E-mail boxes have been overflowing with tempting wine dinner and tasting invitations.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 by Jo PurcellAround a year ago we met with The Hong Kong Jockey Club and a challenge was taken on – to assist them with a wine event, but a wine event with a difference...
Thursday, 3 March 2011 by Jo Purcell
You may recall Stephen’s blog back in October about the 03 Bordeaux tasting (or was it Phillip Schofield’s black teeth that spring to mind?). Since then, there have been a few email correspondences going back with my Singapore friends who were, how can I say, just a little "sceptical", as to how approachable and ready-to-drink the 03's really are. So, we decided to put the matter to rest once and for all, and have our own 03 tasting in Singapore, to let the wines speak for themselves on another continent, on the other side of the world.
Monday, 24 January 2011 by Jo PurcellDo you fancy dinner in Dalian? – how tempting does 83 Margaux, 86 Lafite, 89 Haut Brion, 82 Mouton, 82 Latour and 97 Yquem sound? ……I booked my ticket!
Monday, 11 October 2010 by Jo Purcell
One of the hardest questions facing any Hong Konger is the classic “where shall we go for dinner tonight?”. The city is crammed with restaurants offering an array of different cuisines – whatever your taste, you are sure to find it here, and survival in such competitive circumstances means that restaurants can only offer the best quality for their very discerning customers.
Monday, 27 September 2010 by Jo Purcell
This weekend I hopped on a plane – destination - Qingdao.
It was my first time to Qingdao and I really was not sure what to expect. When people talk about Chinese cities they talk in terms of millions of people – would it be like Shenzhen, Guangzhou, or for that matter any densely populated city around the world?
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 by Jo Purcell
How the wine scene has changed since I first came to Asia 15 years ago - Hong Kong had only 4 wine shops, the range of wines was limited (not to mention prices exorbitant due to the duty which at one point was at 90%). If you ventured across the border to the mainland the choice was even less, I think there were only 3 major wine importers, mainly dealing in agency wines. Beer would be the alcoholic beverage of choice.
Monday, 2 November 2009 by Jo Purcell
It seems that our blog is dominated by our colleagues in London with interesting tastings – but we do get more than our fair share of tastings in Asia you know!